McGrath Appoints Three to Crime Lab Advisory Council
HELENA — Montana Attorney General Mike McGrath recently appointed three new members to the advisory council that oversees the state’s crime lab. New members of the Forensic Science Laboratory Advisory Board are Gene Arnold of Thompson Falls, Patrick Boylan of Corvallis and Ed Sheehy of Missoula.
Arnold has been the Sanders County Sheriff for nine years. He has worked in law enforcement since 1984. He served in Vietnam as a member of the United States Navy. Arnold is a native of Thompson Falls.
Boylan is a production technician for the Corixa Corporation lab in Hamilton. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.
Sheehy is a partner in the Cannon and Sheehy Law Firm of Missoula and Helena. He graduated from Carroll College with a degree in political science and earned his law degree from Gonzaga University in 1978. Sheehy is a member of the Montana Trial Lawyers, Montana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
“The Montana crime lab is an exceptional one, with a talented staff,” McGrath said. “The background and experience of these advisory board members will help ensure the lab serves the state even more effectively.”
McGrath said the advisory board will address the backlog of cases caused by the processing of complex evidence related to methamphetamine labs. The board will also examine procedures related to the Department of Justice’s ongoing review of cases involving Arnold Melnikoff, a former crime lab director.
“The department has been conducting a thorough review of Mr. Melnikoff’s cases and we will work closely with the advisory board as the review continues,” McGrath said.
The council will have its next meeting May 29 at the lab in Missoula. Other board members are Ross Adams of the Billings Police Department and Police Chief Mark Tymrak of Bozeman; Yellowstone County Attorney Dennis Paxinos and Missoula County Attorney Fred Van Valkenburg; Jim DuPont, Flathead County Sheriff and Randi Hood, Lewis & Clark County Chief Public Defender.